Karl Kane

Karl Kane

Senior Lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga Wellington School of Design; Director, Design+Democracy Project

Karl Kane is a designer, educator and researcher specialising in service and experience design, and brand communication. Karl leads Massey University's Design+Democracy Project, a research unit exploring 21st century citizenship.

  • Expertise

    Service design, social design, experience design, 21st Century citizenship, co-design, ‘Design thinking’, brand communication design.

  • Technical areas

    Karl’s research explores the role of design and design thinking in advancing ‘21st Century citizenship’. This is particularly focused on design-led youth voter engagement and civic education, and designing for a more deliberative, collaborative democracy.

    Karl teaches into the Visual Communication Design degree with a focus on service and experience design and brand communication, and specialises in contextual-studio and work-integrated teaching modes. He coordinates the Brand Communication, Experience & Service Design papers, and the .400-level VCD Honours program. Karl also supervises Master of Design candidates.

  • Qualifications

    BA (Massey University)
    BDes (Honours) (Massey University)
    MDes (Distinction) (Massey University)

  • Professional Affiliations

    Member ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research)
    Standing Group on Democratic Innovations